Review: Once Upon A Reunion

Author: Nithya Sashi.
Genre: Literary Fiction. 
Rating: đŸ«đŸ«đŸ«đŸŹ


Have you ever sat late into the night, going over hundreds of 'what-if' scenarios?
Have you loved someone to the point of losing your mind?

Like most Indian women who have loved, lost, and settled for an arranged marriage, Nirmala secretly pines for her ex, Suresh, even as she leads a happy, mostly peaceful life with Sreenivas, her husband.

Memories of her first love resurface occasionally, disturbing her present life.

Unable to fully love Sreenivas with the insane intensity she had felt for Suresh, she is conflicted and living in a parallel world, always tormented by the probability of a what-if!

It is at this time that her school friends plan a high school reunion, which Suresh would also be attending. Nirmala sees this as an opportunity to bring a closure to that chapter of her life. But she is torn by the uncertainty and the upheaval this might cause. She fears that her meeting with her ex-boyfriend might ruthlessly tear apart the delicate fabric of her marriage.

And at the reunion, her world turns on its head.

Suresh is found dead.

Was it suicide? If not, who was the murderer?

Nirmala is crippled by the shock. But blame quickly falls on her as the ex with a motive and before she realizes she is in the police net.

How does she manage to escape? And what effect does this have on her marriage?

Cover Review:

Simply said, the author needs to get a new cover. Maybe a professional one?

Book Review:

Reading the blurb, I'd thought the story would be a lot of mystery (who killed her ex-lover?) and a bit of drama (why can't she stop thinking about her ex?) But unfortunately, it turned out to be the other way around. The murder takes place when the book was already 80% done, I kid you not.

The writing itself was pretty well thought out and interesting and frankly saying I'd have enjoyed this book a lot more if I hadn't been expecting it to be a suspense novel. 

I found some parts of the book too melodramatic. For example, there was a whole page (kindle wise) that talked about nothing but the smell of the protagonist's lover's saliva. Honestly. 

All in all, I think it could've been a lot better if the murder happened before all the drama and if, as a reader, I'd been given clues as to who could be the murderer and also a chance to solve the mystery myself instead of dumping it all on me in the last 10% of the story.

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Review: Divyastra

Author: Nimish Tanna.
Genre: Fiction,  Suspense. 
Rating: đŸ«đŸ«đŸ«đŸ«đŸŹ


Thousands of years ago, Indian Yogis possessed the knowledge to obtain the weapons of the gods. However, this knowledge could only be transferred from a Guru to his disciple by word of mouth. In today’s world, one mystic, who calls himself Guruji, still possesses this knowledge and is using it to empower an innocent person’s life. Only, this empowerment could be a deception and the innocent person is a thirteen year old boy with a stutter...

In this intertwining tale, an ambitious yet unsuccessful Shankar, in search of his identity, is manipulated to embark on a never-told-before fantasy tale; only to rediscover the father he never knew and unmask the mystical Guruji.

Amidst this confounding concoction of ancient myths, deluding personas and dispersed emotions, will Shankar ever be able to separate fact from fiction and find his true identity?

Cover Review:

The cover is simple, yet a bit intriguing. I like the abstractness of it.

Book Review:

Divyastra was so deceptively good. I knew the moment I finished the first chapter that I was going to like it. It had all the elements you look for in a good book.

I started reading this book yesterday and finished it this morning,  because it was one of those books that you just can't stop reading. 

I loved how the storyline was divided into two threads and then intricately woven back together. It felt like such an adventure,  especially the ending when you start realising what the story was all about.

The only thing I could find lacking was character development. The characters in Shankar's grandpa's stories were well developed but his own character seemed pretty hollow to me.

Other than that minor setback though, Divyastra proved to be one of the best of the Indian literature I've ever read. So I wholeheartedly recommend you to go check this book out. You'll love it, especially the ending.

(P.S. I don't think the blurb does justice to the book.)

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